Monday, 3 March 2014

Monthly Re-Cap #2

ON THE BLOG...
This month I revealed two covers; Dead Girl Walking by Ruth Silver, and Dreams In Her Head by Clare C. Marshall, Amber tagged me in the My Fictional Life Tag where I chose Tahereh Mafi to pen my story and got the chance to own a phoenix. Then I recommended three books for Valentine's Day.
After that I kind-of flopped with blog activity but there's lots happening in March so I'm hopping that'll motivate me back into blogging more often because I truly do love it; although I'm feeling quite terrible at the moment after catching a cold!

BOOKS I READ...

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
How to Love by Katie Cotugno
Finding Jennifer Jones by Anne Cassidy
Only three... :'(

AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE...

Charli at To Another World reviewed Far From you by Tess Sharpe.
Rita from Weaving Pages wrote a great post on Random Acts of Kindness!
Amber from The Mile Long Bookshelf and Hawwa from It Was Lovely Reading You co-wrote a post about plagiarizing donkeys and what to do about it!
Jack at The Book Stop showed us 5 Upcoming YA Books To Look Out For, including Grasshopper Jungle and The Madness by Alison Rattle. 
Ruby at Feed Me Books Now told us about her Heroines from Literature, which I thought was brilliant.
And lastly one of the awesomest people in the world, Amy, reviewed The Hit by Melvin Burgess, which is a book I've been wanting to read for ageeeees


BOOKS I REVIEWED...

Finding Jennifer Jones by Anne Cassidy


BOOKS I GOT...


Thrall by Jennifer Quintenz - 
Braedyn is a normal girl just trying to survive high school with her two devoted friends, Royal and Cassie. Together they’re doing a pretty good job of shrugging off the slings and arrows cast their way by the popular crowd when a new boy, Lucas, moves into the house next door. Suddenly Braedyn finds herself falling in love for the first time.
But as her sixteenth birthday approaches, Braedyn discovers humankind is at war with the Lilitu, an ancient race of enticing demons that prey on human souls. Her father is a member of the Guard fighting against the Lilitu - and so are the new neighbors, including her crush, Lucas. 
As her world starts to unravel at the seams, Braedyn learns the right answers aren’t always clear or easy. And as for “good” and “evil” – it all depends on how we choose to act.

Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon - 
Catherine Hunter is the daughter of a senior government official on the island of Anglya. She’s one of the privileged – she has luxurious clothes, plenty to eat, and is protected from the Collections which have ravaged families throughout the land. But Catherine longs to escape the confines of her life, before her dad can marry her off to a government brat and trap her forever.
So Catherine becomes Cat, pretends to be a kid escaping the Collections, and stows away on the skyship Stormdancer. As they leave Anglya behind and brave the storms that fill the skies around the islands of Tellus, Cat’s world becomes more turbulent than she could ever have imagined, and dangerous secrets unravel her old life once and for all . . .

Goddess by Laura Powell - 
Strikes. Starvation. Riots. Britain is at breaking-point and Aura is blind to it all. The Cult of Artemis is the only home she’s ever known. Enclosed in its luxury lifestyle, the unrest gripping the country seems to belong to a distant world. Her dream is to serve the Goddess and taking a vow of chastity and obedience seems a small price to pay. But days before Aura is due to be initiated as a Priestess, she meets Aiden, the rebellious son of a cult insider, whose radical ideas and unsettling charm force Aura to question everything – and everyone – she knows.

Flirty Dancing by Jenny McLachlan - 
Bea Hogg is shy but fiery inside. When national dance competition Starwars comes to her school looking for talent, she wants to sign up. It's just a shame her best friend agreed to enter with school super-cow Pearl Harris. Bea will fight back! But when school hottie, Ollie Matthews, who also happens to be Pearl’s boyfriend, decides to enter the competition with Bea, she will have more than a fight on her hands.

The Guestboook by Holly Martin - 
Welcome to Willow Cottage – throw open the shutters, let in the sea breeze and make yourself completely at home. Oh, and please do leave a comment in the Guestbook!
As landlady of Willow Cottage, the young widow Annie Butterworth is always on hand with tea, sympathy or strong Norfolk cider - whatever her colourful array of guests require. A flick through the messages in the leather-bound cottage guestbook gives a tantalizing glimpse into the lives of everyone who passes through her doors.
This includes Annie herself - especially now celebrity crime writer Oliver Black, is back in town. He might grace the covers of gossip magazines with a different glamorous supermodel draped on his arm every week, but to Annie, he’s always just been Olly, the man who Annie shared her first kiss with.
Through the pages of the Guestbook Annie and Olly, along with all the guests that arrive at the seaside retreat, struggle with love, loss, mystery, joy, happiness, guilt…and the odd spot of naked rambling! 
Forget sending postcards saying 'wish you were here' - one visit to Willow Cottage and you’ll wish you could stay forever.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith - 
Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?
Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. Having missed her flight, she's stuck at JFK airport and late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's sitting in her row.
A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?
Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it. 

Stars in her Eyes by Clare C. Marshall - 
Burn hot and cold. Read minds. Disappear at will. Dream your own death. Welcome to Sparkstone University, where some students are more gifted than others. When Ingrid learns she's been accepted at the hyper-secretive Sparkstone University, she is sceptical. It's an honour to attend, apparently, and yet barely anyone has ever heard of the place. And everyone seems a little too happy that she's there: especially when she meets Sunni and her group of friends. They seem to already know Ingrid. As if she was expected. Expected to save Earth from an imminent alien invasion. Like she has superpowers or something. As if magic and mutations exist. As if aliens are really planning to attack. That just sounds ridiculous. There's no such thing. ...right? Wrong.

The End of the World as we Know It by Iva - Marie Palmer - 
They wanted to party like it was their last night on earth. They just might get their wish….
Meet the four most unlikely heroes ever:
Teena McAuley: Queen Bee, first-class problem solver, resident heartbreaker.
Leo Starnick: UFO conspirator, pizza delivery boy, all-around slacker.
Evan Brighton: Baseball all-star, extreme virgin, Teena-worshipper.
Sarabeth Lewis: Straight-A student, weekend hermit, enemy of the color pink.
When Teena locks Leo, Evan, and Sarabeth in the basement during her biggest party of the year, she doesn’t plan on getting trapped in the Loser Dungeon herself. She can barely imagine a night with these dweebs—let alone a lifetime. But when an alien invasion destroys their entire Midwestern suburb, it looks like these unlikely friends are the last people on earth. Now, it’s up to them to save the world….

The Madness by Alison Rattle - 
Sixteen-year-old Marnie lives in the idyllic coastal village of Clevedon. Despite being crippled by a childhood exposure to polio, she seems set to follow in her mother's footsteps, and become a 'dipper', escorting fragile female bathers into the sea. Her life is simple and safe. But then she meets Noah. Charming, handsome, son-of-the-local-Lord, Noah. She quickly develops a passion for him - a passion which consumes her.
As Marnie's infatuation turns to fixation she starts to lose her grip on reality, and a harrowing and dangerous obsession develops that seems certain to end in tragedy. Set in the early Victorian era when propriety, modesty and repression were the rule, this is a taut psychological drama in which the breakdown of a young woman's emotional state will have a devastating impact on all those around her.

Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott -
Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can't determine what's wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She's lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she's helpless to change anything.
Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It's an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother's illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there's no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.
The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can't trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?



2 comments:

  1. Danke! I hope you like The Hit then :) Which part of Ireland do you live in- N or S. The Madness… I'm seeing it almost everywhere! *grabby hands*

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    1. I actually don't even had a copy, my request on NetGalley is still pending, but I'd really love to have a physical copy because of the cover, but they aren't stocking it at our bookshop and I'm broke so no ordering from Amazon or The Book Depository :/ Northern Ireland *mutters* still under English control - not that I don't love you and all my other uk bloggy friends to pieces, but y'know, I still have issues with Belfast being part of the UK and not part of ROI... check yo twitter!

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